Fabulous nose of spice, mushrooms, blueberries and blackberries follows through to a full body, with firm tannins and a silky tannins. This is so savory and beautiful. Best second wine ever from La Mission. Give it until 2018 to open, but hard to wait.
The 2010 La Chapelle de la Mission, which includes the production from the now-extinct La Tour Haut-Brion vineyard, is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, which is a high percentage for the latter grape. Fleshy, succulent and opulent along the lines of the 2009 (which did surprise me), it is a big wine, with boatloads of glycerin and a classic Graves character of scorched earth, burning embers, charcoal, and plenty of black cherry and black currant fruit. The glycerin level is high, the fruit level impressive, and the purity and texture endearing. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.
Deliciously tarry from the start, with a cauldron of steeped blackberry, boysenberry and pastis-soaked plum fruit melded to well-roasted apple wood and graphite notes. Intense and grippy, showing purity and polish. Should benefit from mid-term cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2030. 4,500 cases made.
90-92 Firm and tannic, while there are also sweet berry fruits and black currant flavors. The acidity is important.
Dark glossy crimson. Sweet black-cherry ripe aroma. Tea leaves. Round. Just slightly hollow. Jancis Robinson
Vibrant blackberries, cherries, plums, cedar. The deep ruby purple 2010 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, La Mission's 2nd wine, offers up notes of vibrant blackberries, cherries, plums and cedar, followed by a wonderful array of very precise and focused flavours and a long finish. There is a wonderful freshness to the fruit, and an amazing density and power for a second wine, suggesting that it will have the aging potential of many of the grands vins.by Jeannie Cho Lee in 2011
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